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Woven Wood Shades

Woven wood shades can give an elegant or natural look to any room, depending on what "wood" material you choose to use. I've seen twigs woven together to give a wild, raw look to some windows, enhancing the exotic look of the room. A more uniform and polished woven wood shade adds to the rooms elegant look. You can create the look you want by selecting different materials and by the way you choose to hang the shades.

Adding natural elements to any room can make that room feel more like an extension of the outdoors. This can do many different things to the room, including making it feel larger, more comfortable, and more inviting. This is why many people choose natural materials for their decor. One way that you can add that natural touch to your room is with woven wood shades. These shades offer your flexibility in function and great beauty that is unmatched by other window treatments. What kinds of woven wood shades can you find for rooms in your home?

There's a wide range of woven, natural-material shades to choose from. Some of the materials that are used are not even a wood, but do the trick of giving a room that fresh, natural look. Here are a few of the different materials that you can find woven wood shades made from.

  • Reeds
  • Grasses
  • Bamboo
  • Rattan
  • Jute
  • Faux wood
  • Wood

Most of these materials are natural, but as you can see, some of them are not wood. They still offer you the natural look and feel that you are looking for in a window treatment, however. Why would you want to choose woven wood shades over another window treatment?

The fact that they look natural is one benefit of woven wood shades, but they are also very functional. They can be raised and lowered depending upon whether you want to allow light in or keep it out or whether you want privacy or the view. This can be a great benefit for main living area windows, as well as bedrooms, because you can enjoy the natural light without sacrificing the privacy of your home during the day.

These shades can have a fabric backing to help them be more insulating for better temperature control in the winter and summer. The fabric lining also adds more privacy and light control. They look beautiful and are functional, too.

Another benefit of natural-material shades is if they are finished with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) finishes, they are environmentally friendly both in construction and in use. Low VOC finishes don't contribute to air pollution or allergy problems. Being made of natural materials makes them a sustainable building material.

Online is a great search resource because get an idea of the different varieties that are available, as well as the different prices and sizes, faster than the other shopping resources. Shopping this way, you build a foundation on which to decide what variety of woven wood shade that you want for your room and home. After you have an idea of what you are looking for, visit various stores and with designers to try narrow your decision about what you want for your windows.

When you have determined what woven wood shades you are going to purchase, it's time to measure the windows. Do you want inside- or outside-mount shades? That's your first decision so you know where to measure. Window measurements are very important so your woven wood shades fit your windows correctly. For inside-mount shades, it's important to measure your window exactly as the manufacturer of the woven wood shade recommends -- and measure both at the top of the window and the bottom because windows aren't always square. Outside mount shades don't have to be as precise, though do make sure you get them longer than you think you'll want to allow for shrinkage.

After you install your woven wood shades, you will find that they make your room feel more complete, welcoming, and beautiful. They are easy to care for and clean, too. Woven wood shades are a beautiful and functional way to cover your windows that you will enjoy and be satisfied with for many years.

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